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FORCE AMERICA

Membership: Birdman, Captain Hero, Clue, Cyberhead, Mother Earth, Shotgun, U-Boat (all Earth-1136)

Purpose: To protect USA and be the country's premier super-team

Affiliations: Bazooka, Birdboy, Burning Skull, Clawfoot, William "Bull" Davidovich, Eyeglare, Hairball, Mutations, O-Men, Power League, Skywomen, Slush, butler (name unrevealed) (all Earth-1136)

Enemies: Boil Man, Dead Clown, Doctor Dreadful, Lee-Anne Rictus (loose), Sadistic Six (Acid Reign, Dr. Chia, Homewrecker, Rat Bastard, Resentment, Satan-in-a-Box) (all Earth-1136)

Base of Operations: Force Mansion in New York, USA (Earth-1136)

First Appearance: Dead Clown#1 (October, 1993)

History:

(Dead Clown#1 (fb) - BTS) - Force America was installed as New York's premier super-team headquartered in the secure Force Mansion with a personal butler. In the background, the powerful corporation Petro Global cultivated the team's marketability with licensed video games and action figures. The team's branding covered bright costumes and many incorporated a G-string look over the uniform. The team encountered super-villain group the Sadistic Six several times and eliminated their member Acid Reign in one fight, leaving the Six's leader hungry for revenge. Other villains included Doctor Dreadful and Boil Man. Meanwhile, William "Bull" Davidovich (CEO of Petro Global) used the dangerous Dead Clown as a corporate icon, but the clown went rogue, severely injuring Davidovich.

(Dead Clown#1) - The team's roster included the super-strong leader Captain Hero, the flying Birdman, super-smart Clue, cyborg Cyberhead, dirt-mover Mother Earth, gun-toting Shotgun, and swimmer U-Boat. Being marketable was a heavy consideration for the New York group, but this fostered rivalry, including leadership. Clue was about to formally challenge Captain Hero by vote when Davidovich ordered the Captain lead the team to destroy Dead Clown (or lose licensing revenue). An interruption by an obsessive fan, the self-dubbed Birdboy who wanted to be Birdman's sidekick, led to the evasive Birdman fleeing. Lacking quorum, Clue's leadership challenge was deferred. After Force America left on their mission, the butler ignored a plea for help from a bank on the team's Crisis Monitor. Elsewhere, Birdboy foolishly revealed Force America's plans and internal workings to Dead Clown, who set up a fake emergency call to lure the super-team with the promise of camera footage. Force America confronted Dead Clown, but the rogue easily manipulated internal rivalries so that the team viciously fought each other.

(Dead Clown#2) - Captain Hero was the last member of Force America left standing. Weakened, he was hit by Dead Clown's oversized hammer and knocked out. The surviving team members were taken to the city hospital while Channel 7 news presenter Lee-Anne Rictus did a damaging piece on Force America, covering the damage and casualties, as well as the adverse impact from Dead Clown. Davidovich, flanked by the supportive Captain Hero, Birdman and Shotgun, spoke to reporters, while Dead Clown secretly killed the critically injured Mother Earth, Clue and Birdboy in their hospital beds. Seeing Force America weakened led to the vengeful Sadistic Six fighting the survivors at the hospital.

(Dead Clown#3 (fb) - BTS) - The battle between Force America and the Sadistic Six was extremely brutal with thousands killed and widespread property damage.

(Dead Clown#3) - Captain Hero and Davidovich were severely reprimanded by Petro Global's board. Swearing revenge, the two recruited an assortment of local heroes (via an advert in Hero Illustrated) to track down the cunning Dead Clown. However, Dead Clown disguised himself as skull-headed hero Burning Skull to glean plans from Captain Hero. Realizing he'd been fooled again, Captain Hero led the flaming torch-carrying super-powered mob against Dead Clown, who warped reality to kill many. Captain Hero managed to put Dead Clown in a headlock, but was pounded into the ground in a surprise attack by the newly empowered Deathbird (actually the resurrected Birdboy).

(Protectors#20) - Planet Earth (i.e., Earth-1136) exploded, most likely destroying any surviving members of Force America as well.

Comments: Created by Chris Ulm (writer), Joel Thomas (pencils), Bobby Rae (inks).

Force America's battle cry was "Attack America!" I think a comma is missing there; grammar can make a big difference.

Malibu's Dead Clown follows the violence and parody of DC's Lobo (and later Marvel's Lunatik - with a dash of What The--?). Most members of Force America seem to fulfill certain super-hero team archetypes (or is that stereotypes?); Captain Hero seems to be a corrupted mash-up of Captain America and DC's Superman, while U-Boat handles the generic water element found in many teams like Namor or DC's Aquaman, etc.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Force America has no known connections to:


Birdman

Birdman was a popular member of Force America and had wings enabling flight. He could also flap them while standing to cause heavy gusts of wind around him. Birdman was idolized by a fan (self-dubbed Birdboy) with a sidekick obsession and cause Birdman to flee to his own hideout, the Birdhouse, to escape. He missed the public internal brawl set up by Dead Clown, but met up with the surviving members of Force America at the hospital. Troublesome reporters were deliberately blown away by Birdman's flapping wings. But then he, Shotgun and Captain Hero encountered arch-foes the Sadistic Six and a bloody battle ensued. Birdman was not seen again and was likely a casualty (if not, then the later destruction of Earth-1136 would've ended him).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Dead Clown#1 (2


Captain Hero

Captain Hero was the gaudily clad and brash leader of Force America. He had super-human strength (able to hold a car with one finger) and was armed with energy-emitting gloves (it's unrevealed if these energy disks served as shields or shocks). He used his muscular tall build to intimidate those who might challenge his leadership role in Force America. However, he was himself bullied by the vengeful William "Bull" Davidovich into pursuing the rogue corporate figurehead Dead Clown. He was fooled by Dead Clown into attending a fake rescue scenario and then easily duped into starting a public internal brawl with fellow team-members. His enhanced strength and durability left him the last one standing and he regrouped at the hospital where the survivors were recuperating. There, Davidovich again pushed his personal vendetta, but the remaining members of Force America encountered arch-foes the Sadistic Six, and a brutal battle followed, killing many and causing widespread damage.

   As the apparent only survivor of the clash of teams, Captain Hero was chided by the corporate board before following Davidovich's idea to recruit more heroes to hunt down Dead Clown. But the rogue clown warped reality and killed off many heroes until the Captain grabbed him in a headlock. However, an obsessive sidekick fanboy, newly empowered by the demigod Death, pounded Captain Hero into the ground in a surprise attack to destroy Dead Clown. If Captain Hero survived the blow from Death's sidekick, then he likely perished in the later destruction of Earth-1136.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Dead Clown#1 (2-3


Clue

Clue was the super-intelligent strategist of the team, but paranoid and ambitious to lead. Captain Hero used his muscular size to bully Clue into submission. He wore a utility belt, but no weaponry, and sought voting procedures for his personal internal political machinations. Captain Hero saw him as an immediate threat and targeted him first in the internal brawl, then quickly used Clue's body to club opposing team members. Despite his slight frame, he survived the fight and was taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition with several other surviving Force America members. But Dead Clown, keen to eliminate the team targeting him, killed Clue in his hospital bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Dead Clown#1 (2


Cyberhead

Cyberhead was a cyborg, described as half-man and half-machine. The armored part of his body was composed of strong "Magnolium" and could be reconfigured. When Captain Hero accidentally threw a car on U-Boat, the simplistic Cyberhead came to his friend's defense, but Mother Earth instead pounded the cyborg with a giant fist of dirt. He was the last to fall before Captain Hero's strength and anger, his left arm ripped off. He was later listed as critically injured, but not seen at the hospital with the other survivors. If he survived Force America's internal brawl, then he likely perished in the later destruction of Earth-1136.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Dead Clown#1 (2


Mother Earth

Mother Earth was a rotund woman who could manipulate dirt into large shapes, such as 6' hands. She wore flowers in her hair. She was protective of leader Captain Hero, pounding Cyberhead when he threatened the Captain, then causing Shotgun to miss her target. She was severely injured in Force America's internal brawl and taken to hospital with other survivors, where she was stabilized. However, Dead Clown wanted to eliminate the super-group hunting him and so crept into the hospital and killed her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Dead Clown#1 (2


Shotgun

Shotgun handled a variety of high-caliber guns, but her aim was poor. She relied on shooting in the general direction, but this resulted in many unintentional bystander casualties and injuries. Shotgun survived the internal brawl and stood alongside Birdman and Captain Hero at the hospital. She likely perished in the final conflict with the Sadistic Six.

With her skimpy outfit, big guns and exaggerated body curves, she now looks like a parody image of 1990s comic art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Dead Clown#1 (2


U-Boat

U-Boat was friends with Cyberhead and was keen for the spotlight and being seen on camera. He rushed in with most of Force America in response to Dead Clown's bogus emergency call. When Captain Hero initiated the internal fight, he was accidentally hit by a thrown car, seemingly automatically turning into water before re-forming and being caught up in the fierce fight with each other. He was later listed as critically injured, but not seen at the hospital. If he survived Force America's internal brawl, then he likely perished in the later destruction of Earth-1136.

   U-Boat was apparently German, given the exaggerated accent. His powers were not fully revealed (although they were clearly water related), but he seemed to turn into water when a car fell on him. His uniform had a fin on the back and elbows, plus a scuba diving mask as a visor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Dead Clown#1 (2


Lee-Anne Rictus

Lee-Anne Rictus was a correspondent/presenter for Channel 7 news. She reported on the "Clown Crisis" wherein Ghastly the Dead Clown went rogue, affecting share prices and profits of his affiliated company, Petro Global Inc. She showcased Force America's failure to apprehend Ghastly, plus the damage caused by the team's public brawl, and had reporters harass the surviving Force America members and the severely injured Davidovich at the hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

--Dead Clown#2


images: (without ads)
Dead Clown#1, p11, pan3 (main image)
Dead Clown#2, p7, pan2 (casualty headshots + logo)
Dead Clown#2, p10, pan5 (Birdman)
Dead Clown#3, p5, pan4 (Captain Hero)
Dead Clown#2, p1, pan3 (Cyberhead)
Dead Clown#1, p23, pan5 (Mother Earth)
Dead Clown#2, p18, pan2 (Shotgun)
Dead Clown#1, p24 (U-Boat)
Dead Clown#2, p7, pan2 (Rictus)


Appearances:
Dead Clown#1 (October, 1993) - Chris Ulm (writer), Joel Thomas (pencils), Bobby Rae (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Dead Clown#2 (November, 1993) - Chris Ulm (writer), Joel Thomas (pencils), Bobby Rae (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Dead Clown#3 (February 1994) - Chris Ulm (writer), Phil Gosier (pencils), Bobby Rae (inks), Roland Mann (editor)


First posted: 11/16/18.

Last updated: 11/16/18.

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